Although the box office numbers of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are quite positive, the comments towards its visual effects are not. In addition to the script, the rhythm and the use of certain characters, most of the negative criticism of the film has highlighted the visual aspect of the film. Faced with the controversy over how bad the film looks, it is the visual effects artists of Quantumania who justify the results.
Three artists who worked on the tape approached vulture to reveal what happened. In the past year, several Marvel projects have been heavily criticized for their poor visual effects. This uncovered the treatment that the company gives its workers: it gives them very little time for their work, has them work exhausting shifts, and even puts them on a blacklist if they complain.
Faced with the controversy, the study tried to correct the problem. As it did? Allocating more time, money and equipment to the post production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. However, they focused too much on that movie, and the visual effects of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania they were forgotten. This commented one of the visual effects artists.
“In terms of priority, Wakanda was forever at the top of that list. All the money went into it. And also the best resources. It’s understandable given its context, but the ability to pull off Ant-Man was diminished. There were many editorial changes in the film, and It is notorious that there were shortcuts. Some things were used to cover incomplete works. There were editorial breaks to not show as much action or effects, there just wasn’t time to render everything. It felt like some scenes were altered to save time or money.”
Again, timing was the main problem for Marvel’s visual effects. wakandan forever premiered in November 2022, three months before Quantumania, and by the time the visual effects team was done with the first film, the time to polish the second was already minimal. Perhaps that explains the lack of great action sequences, its irregular editing, and its short duration (125 minutes counting credits).
“My experience on Quantumania was comparable to most of the productions we work on. Our working conditions are sometimes less than ideal, and Quantumania was just another in a long line,” another anonymous source added.
However, not everything was a problem of joining projects. A third worker revealed that Peyton Reed, director of the film, was not sure what he wanted to show on the screen. The team knew which characters would appear within the Quantum Realm, but did not receive a consistent explanation of what would happen to them. This worker also refers that wakandan forever became the darling of Marvel.
“There was a smaller team working on Ant-Man. It was in the background, something less pressing. Maybe the director knew what he wanted, but it wasn’t 100% clear. We had designed vague scenarios, and some characters. But, at that point, we hadn’t been told where the characters needed to be. We only did what felt right. There was a lot of double work, a lot of inefficiency. A quick scene that takes maybe 2 seconds, had to be done up to 20 times. With so many projects going on simultaneously, quality begins to lack. Resources become minimal. You can’t expect visual effects companies to deliver the best quality if they’re working on the lowest budget.”.
Until now, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania It ranks as the worst Marvel movie ever. Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore. If you’ve already seen her, do you agree that her visual effects aren’t convincing? And if you haven’t seen it, did these statements make you want to?
Juan Jose Cruz I am one of those who always defended Robert Pattinson as Batman and can see the same movie in the theater up to 7 times. My guilty pleasure? Low budget horror movie.